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USC Offense: Perception vs Reality

by Greg Katz

LOS ANGELES – We are told by many cardinal and gold aficionados that the 2015 USC Trojans offense will be as explosive as any in recent memory, and that the only way to stop a Steve Sarkisian’s monstrosity of points machine would be to line up the Seattle Seahawks defense as a buffer.

Certainly questions about the Trojans 2015 offense will come up at some point during Friday morning’s Pac-12 Media Day at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, and the interrogators of Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian and quarterback Cody Kessler hope to get some unfiltered, preseason answers.

Checking last season’s tote board of numbers, one sees that the Trojans offense was held under 20 points just once, and that was at Stanford in a defensive slugfest that the Trojans survived 13-10. The Trojans 2014 offense scored 50 or more points twice, 40-49 points three times, 30-38 points four times, and 20-28 points three times. Strictly on average, last season’s offense averaged 35.8 points per outing.

The numbers looked good for the most part in 2014, but how will they translate into the 2015 season?

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Greg Katz

Now entering his 59th season of either writing, broadcasting, or just plain watching USC football, WeAreSC columnist Greg Katz began his affiliation with the website back in 2001, introducing his well-received O/NSO (The Obvious/The Not So Obvious) column and later adding his respected IMHO Sunday opinion and tidbits column. Greg, a former ESPN.com college football columnist covering USC, is also a member of the Football Writer's Association of America. He is also known in Southern California as a professional public address announcer, having called the the 1996 Rose Bowl Game between USC and Northwestern. Greg also holds a master's degree in athletic administration and was a former varsity high school coach of 27 years.

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